American Airlines and Deloitte partner to provide 40,000 pieces of critical personal protective equipment to frontline health care heroes
Cargo-only flight brings medical gowns for thousands of workers in New York City
FORT WORTH, Texas—In a joint effort to help meet the nation’s ongoing need for medical supplies amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, American Airlines and Deloitte are working together to deliver critical supplies to a hard-hit area of the United States.
Deloitte, the largest professional services organization globally, is donating its credits for previously canceled flights to transport more than 40,000 medical gowns from Shanghai to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The shipment departed Shanghai yesterday aboard one of American’s cargo-only flights.
“We’re all fighting this virus together, and American is proud to leverage our long-standing corporate partnership with Deloitte to make a difference in New York,” said Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of American. “Thanks to Deloitte’s ingenuity and generosity, these critical supplies will help safeguard and support those working on the frontline to care for others.”
“We are grateful to collaborate with American to help transport life-saving medical supplies to the hospitals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Punit Renjen, Deloitte Global CEO. “Deloitte’s purpose is to make an impact that matters. By donating our unused ticket credits, we are able to make a small but meaningful impact in the global fight against this pandemic.”
In April, American delivered 1,000 onboard amenity kits which were distributed to doctors and nurses who are staying in area hotels.
"It all started when American reached out to see if we had any shipping needs, and the ask couldn't have come at a better time," said Mark Kostegan, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Mount Sinai Health System. "Thanks to the generosity of Deloitte and the coordination of American Airlines, we'll be receiving 40,000 medical gowns to support our health care heroes on the front lines in their continued fight against this pandemic."
Let Good Take Flight
American Airlines is committed to caring for people on life’s journey and remains dedicated to addressing the needs of different communities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In cooperation with its generous customers, American has raised more than $3 million to support the American Red Cross and its volunteers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supply kits have been provided to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston; and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, to support medical professionals on the frontlines. American has provided thousands of care packages to military bases to be shared with troops who are quarantined after returning from deployment. As a result of excess inventory due to a reduced flying schedule, American has contributed more than 100 tons of food to food banks across the country. American team members at multiple locations, including Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Miami International Airport (MIA), Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) and Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), are sewing masks for their coworkers and members of the community. The airline also worked with the U.S. Department of State to operate 88 repatriation flights to bring more than 8,000 U.S. citizens home from abroad. American collected $1.2 million through UNICEF’s Change for Good program in 2019 and recently allocated $460,000 of those funds to support COVID-19 relief efforts in Latin America. American continues to operate cargo-only flights, transporting necessary supplies, including personal protective equipment, to the frontlines of the COVID-19 effort.
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